Saint Theresa Parish

A Roman Catholic Community
5045 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 840-0850 Parish Office
(602) 840-0871 Parish Fax  

Parish Email

Parish Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00AM-Noon & 1:00PM-5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-Noon          Sunday 8:30AM-12:30PM

Closed Saturdays
& most Federal Holidays.

Liturgy Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass 4PM
Sunday Masses
9:00AM (Liturgy with Children)
11:00AM and
5:00PM (Teen and Young Adult)

Daily Masses
Monday through Friday
6:30AM and Saturday at 8:00AM
Holy Day Masses as announced in bulletin prior to the Holy Day.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Wednesday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM and by appointment


Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Parochial Vicar 

(Associate Pastor)

Rev. Joachim Adeyemi

Rev. J.C. Ortiz

Assisting Priest

Rev. Paul Peri


Colin F. Campbell

Mark Kriese

Ralph Ulibarri


Saint Theresa Catholic School
5001 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 840-0010 School Office
(602) 840-8323 School Fax



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Reflections - March 31, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

At this weekend’s 11:00AM Mass, we have the privilege of celebrating the Second Scrutiny of the Elect.  This is part of the Church’s ancient tradition surrounding the initiation into the Catholic Faith of those who have never been baptized.  The “Elect” are the individuals who have neared the completion of their journey toward the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist that they will soon receive.  They have already participated in classes leading up to the Rite of Election, and now they are moving through the three Scrutinies… all of which prepare them for their Christian Initiation that will take place at the Easter Vigil on April 20th.

The Rites of Scrutiny – which contain prayers of minor exorcism to drive out anything within the Elect that is not of God – are always accompanied by readings from Cycle A of the Lectionary (even though all the other Masses use this year’s Cycle C readings). The reason for this is that the Gospel for each of the Scrutinies contains special instruction for the Elect. The rather long Gospel passages of the Samaritan Woman at the Well, the Man Born Blind and the Raising of Lazarus are chosen by the Church very deliberately so as to strengthen the Elect on their faith journey (as well as to remind each of us who are already baptized of the faith journey that we continue on!)

Today’s Second Scrutiny presents to us the story of the Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41).  It’s a fascinating account of Jesus’ healing (on the Sabbath) of a man who was born unable to see… and the resulting consternation of the Pharisees.  The Pharisees became fixated on the fact that Jesus had violated the Law of Moses by healing on the Sabbath (the Pharisees considered healing to be “work”).  They grilled the now-healed blind man mercilessly over how Jesus, whom they considered a sinner because he had violated the Sabbath traditions by healing, had brought about this healing.  Frustrated by the healed man’s answers, they threw him out – refusing to listen to him as they gave him answers they didn’t want to hear (e.g., that if Jesus were not from God, he would not have been able to give the blind man his sight).  Amazingly, the Pharisees were so caught up in the “how and when” of the healing (and how they could use this incident against Jesus) that they were completely blinded to the miraculous healing itself.  The fact that, in the words of the formerly-blind man, “It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind” did not move the Pharisees in the least.  The more important thing to them is that their rules had been violated. 

The Gospel story ends with a great reversal: the formerly-blind man whose eyes had been opened by Jesus had his sight restored and was able to recognize Jesus as the Messiah; yet the Pharisees, while they were physically able to see, were revealed to be spiritually blind.  “There are none so blind as those who will not see” is an old    proverb that can readily be applied to these Pharisees.  In being so mired in a religion of rules and regulations, they failed to see the wonder of God at work in giving sight to a blind man.  The Pharisees had become blinded by their own self-righteousness.

Today we pray that our Elect will freed of any spiritual blindness so that they may clearly see the glory of God in our world.  We pray too for each of us – may we be freed of self-righteousness and any spiritual blindness that might afflict us – so that, with renewed spiritual insight, we may live joyfully and effectively as disciples of Jesus Christ. 


Lenten grace and peace,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer